Hanging Max Ernst

A Documentary Film Series

Three Wednesdays, October 26, November 2 and 9, 5:00–6:30 P.M. | The Menil Collection, Library anteroom, 1515 Sul Ross Street

As a young filmmaker, François de Menil, in collaboration with others, vividly captures in five short films the spirit of creating, cherishing, curating and housing art. The first film, "Hanging Max Ernst," follows his mother, Dominique de Menil, from the planning and hanging of the 1973 Max Ernst exhibition at the Rice Media Center through the opening night party. Three other films capture each of Mark di Suvero, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely in conversation and at work in his or her personal and unique environment. The last film, "The Rothko Chapel," features conversations with Dominique and John de Menil, architect Howard Barnstone and others on the inspiration and creation of the Rothko Chapel. François de Menil will join us for "Hanging Max Ernst."

October 26 
"Hanging Max Ernst," directed by John de Menil and François de Menil from original footage by François de Menil
November 2 
"Niki de Saint Phalle," by François de Menil and Monique Alexandre
"Jean Tinguely," by François de Menil and Monique Alexandre
November 9 
"Mark di Suvero," by François de Menil
"The Rothko Chapel," by François de Menil



Finishing up Spring 2018! 

Mexico City: Past, Present, Future
April 3-9
And our travelers are there in the present!


Gorbachev: His Life and Times
Monday, April 16, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, 77027
Co-sponsored with World Affairs Council of Houston


Behind the Pages: A Conversation with William Middleton 
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30-8:00 P.M.


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